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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

jcrb They only had no idea because they didn't look (653 comments)

If you go to the USPTO trademark search and put in "multimeter and yellow" the FIRST result is a Fluke yellow multimeter.

If you are in the business of making multimeters and claim you have never heard of Fluke or seen one you are clearly full of it.

Company caught clearly knocking off other company's product tries to play the "trademark laws is bad, boo hoo" card.

Not impressed

about a month ago

Through a Face Scanner Darkly

jcrb Buy stock in cap and sunglass companies (336 comments)

Soon everyone is going to want to look like a movie start hiding from the paparazzi.

Ski masks, they're not just for bank robbers any more..

about 3 months ago

Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

jcrb Re:Wasn't this a movie? (237 comments)

No you misunderstand the nature of recovering data from a HDD. It s not that the data from the 49th overwrite could be recovered, it is that the data from the 1st write might be recoverable. How is it that the data from the 1st write could be recovered but the data from the most recent couldn't be? Because if the 1st write sits for a long time then 1 that was written to the drive when over written by a 0 becomes not a 0 but a 0.1 or the 0 overwritten by a 1 becomes a 0.9 not a 1. so while the drive itself is not going to be able to recover anything if you just write 0's to the whole drive, someone with better equipment that is prepared to read the drive over and over may be able to sift out the 0's and the 0.1's as if they were 0's and 1's. So by randomly writing 0s and 1s back and forth you give all the bits a randomized amount of magnetism and make it unrecoverable.

So if the disk had one set of data stored on it for an extended period of time and then you wrote a new set of data there would be a period of time where you could 0 the drive and potentially recover the first set of data, so at most you could say the drive contains somewhat less than 2X its rated capacity, with great difficulty.

about 3 months ago

Meet the MOSS Modular Robots (Video)

jcrb Re:Think of the children!!!!! (22 comments)

In the words of a famous rooster...

  "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son."

about 3 months ago

Meet the MOSS Modular Robots (Video)

jcrb Think of the children!!!!! (22 comments)

I'm sure the government will step in and protect us from these products just as they did with Buckyballs.

Buckyballs were sold as adult office toys and the Consumer Product Safety Commission still felt the need to save the children from swallowing the ball magnets. Given that these say they are for ages 8 and up I don't think they stand a chance... which is sad because they certainly look like they could be a lot of fun.

Clearly what they need to do is include an "Emergency Extraction Super Magnet Rescue Tool" (that is too big to swallow) with each set along with a DVD copy of the movie Fortress, and print "Rescue Tool Instructional Video" on the DVD, and then they should be good to go.

about 3 months ago

Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

jcrb Sadly (383 comments)

It's not a "lie" if they aren't convicted, and even then for most people it will still be a "misstatement".

The win at all costs nature that American politics have turned into as of late have made seeing just how blatant a lie you can get away with part of the game rather than something to be avoided.

Asking nicely for his removal will accomplish nothing at all. Either go for conviction or don't bother. Saying "he's not nice and we don't like him anymore" is not going do anything other than cause the administration to chuckle.

about 3 months ago

Bletchley Park's Bitter Dispute Over Its Future

jcrb Re:"Modernizing" museums is a blight on the world (99 comments)

Since University in 1992 I have been going to the science museum 4-5 times a year..

In that time they have closed;


let me say no more... Dumbing down or poor curation ?


about 3 months ago

Bletchley Park's Bitter Dispute Over Its Future

jcrb "Modernizing" museums is a blight on the world (99 comments)

One of my most favorite museums in the world used to be the Science Museum in London, then I visited it and discovered the steam engine in the entrance doesn't run, the ship model gallery has been sent to storage never to be seen again to be replaced with a gift shop, I couldn't find the working Babbage engine section, in fact basically every display I wanted to see was gone and replaced by junk.

These so called "modernized" displays are nothing better than what you could read online, I want to go to a museum to see *actual* history, not to see a cartoon representation of a simplified version of history that assumes I am a moron.

I think the curators of science/technology museums need to view themselves in the same way as curators of art museums do, their purpose is to display the "art" not to tell me about the art with pretty cartoons after they ship the art to the storage warehouse.

about 3 months ago

Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

jcrb Re:Why so much butthurt? (399 comments)

Can't imagine what makes you think I am British.

You presume I have no personal experience, you believe that because you have been in prison that your experience speaks to the behavior of the average convict, yet you even admit that they behave better inside than outside and yet it is the out side we talk about.

As for giving a mother advice on child birth without being female, You do know that the vast majority of OBGYN doctors are male right? So the vast majority of women who give birth do so with the advice of men.

I thank you for a wonderful post demonstrating the danger of observational bias in forming peoples belief systems.

about 4 months ago

Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

jcrb Re:Why so much butthurt? (399 comments)

This is daft, the hardened prison inmate is almost 100% certain to view you as prey and to happily exploit your trust. Your understanding of people is simply backward, the convict *will* fuck with you if he wants to, you need not "give him a reason to". Your average church goer on the other hand almost certainly needs to be given a reason to care about you. You may not find acceptable the things that would cause the church goer to take an interest in you. But if you believe that as long as you do nothing to attract their attention you are safe from the average convict you are dangerously deluded.

about 4 months ago

Stealing Silicon Valley

jcrb So I had breakfast with Steve Stasiukonis once.... (139 comments)

Just happened to be staying in the same hotel and I don't recall what started us off but some how we struck up a conversation and he wound up telling me some great stories.

The story about the guy in the FexEx box is even better than the article makes out. Since they couldn't actually ship a person via FedEx for many reasons, the box had to seem to come from the right location which would have meant putting it on a plane, and what not. So to make it all look right Steve got himself a real FedEx uniform and put FexEx stickers on the side of a van and even had one of those scanner guns the delivery people used and pretended to be a FedEx delivery person in order to drop off their "package". As I recall he even picked up all their out going FexEx packages and dropped them off at the local FedEx center to fully make the deception work.

It was one of my more interesting random conversations, at some point they should write a book about this stuff, he had lots more stories than just this one. But yeah basically if someone really wants to get inside your building and steal your stuff badly enough they will.

about 6 months ago

Stealing Silicon Valley

jcrb Re:strange article (139 comments)

Yes you need physical security, to prevent the guy in the FedEx box replacing your keyboard with one with a hardware key logger. And planting a transmitter inside your machine to send out the data wirelessly once it has your encryption passwords.

about 6 months ago

ByteLight Unveils NFC Alternative Called Light Field Communication

jcrb Re:Hello? Security? (75 comments)

If history teaches anything it is that just because an insecure protocol should not be used does not mean it will not be used.

If anything since "insecure ~= simpler than a secure protocol" it almost insures it will be used.

about 9 months ago

Fearful of Reader Reaction, Facebook Delays Video Ads

jcrb Re:Haha, what? (120 comments)

To further show what a terrible idea pushing videos ads is, I had not bothered to get F.B. Purity until now, but just the thought of having vid ads with sound pushed at me was enough to make me go and get everything blocked.

about 9 months ago

Would You Let a Robot Stick You With a Needle?

jcrb Normally I embrace new medical technology (209 comments)

However visions of the Aesculaptor Mark 3 from Logan's Run may make me conclude that the good old fashioned Mark I Eye Ball is still up to the task.

I think after years of surviving being stuck in the arm by humans I can decline to avail myself of this one particular advancement without feeling I've suddenly gone Luddite

about 9 months ago

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality

jcrb Article doesn't understand the point of patents (272 comments)

The article author seems to assume that patented technology just falls from the sky and comes for free to the lucky patent holder who then exploits the rest of the world, when they say;

"But the patents had devastating real-world implications, because they kept the prices for the diagnostics artificially high."

they are arguing from false premises. Now in this case I happen to agree with not allowing patents on unmodified genes however it is still the case that the prices are only artificially high if the diagnostics would have existed had it not been possible to acquire patents on them in the first place,

According to the article it would have been ok if they had gotten the patents if they were motivated to save lives rather than make money. This is not an article which rationally discussed the problems of the patent system, and those problems are legion, it is an article that says if you try and make money you are bad. Not really very interesting.

about 9 months ago

UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

jcrb Re:Inappropriate reporting method (976 comments)

You expect local legislatures and police to respect SCOTUS rulings? How quaint a notion. Well after they arrest you and convict you perhaps on appeal they will see the error of their ways.

about 9 months ago

UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

jcrb Re:Libel (976 comments)

Oh goodness, in what world is your hysterical idea of a business losing customers endangerment?

At least come close to reality with your fantasies.

Oh the wonders of the internet if someone says anything we don't like they are in a fantasy land? Seriously? You clearly can't read or make any judgements for yourself that you need me to specify that the first two are obvious endangerments, the next is malicious falsehood which may lead to reputational injury which is a damage to business property, which happens to be a crime in NY called.....

Reckless endangerment of property.
    A person is guilty of reckless endangerment of property when he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of damage to the property of another person in an amount exceeding two hundred fifty dollars.

So it would be pretty easy to cause a lost of business exceeding $250, thus endangerment.

The last one is what we who can separate reality from fantasy like to call sarcasm, but since you seem to have trouble I'll admit that I don't think it would represent endangerment of the reputation of the City of Chicago since they don't have any reputation left to endanger.

about 9 months ago

UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

jcrb Re:Libel (976 comments)

What world do you live in? Police don't just raid a house because of some tag on Google Earth. What nonsense. You think we have a fleet of detectives monitoring Facebook in case someone posts "committin' a crime right naw!" And we announce ourselves so the homeowner would have no doubt it's the police and not some "intruder breaking down their door at 3am."!

What world do you live in sir? Clearly not the same one the rest of us do.


and just because you are wearing a badge and say you are the police doesn't mean that you are


And your suggestion that the police do not read online sources or respond to tips that might come from them is also quite absurd


about 9 months ago

UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

jcrb Inappropriate reporting method (976 comments)

The app lists 13 "Marking Categories" that the app user can select from, of those, depending on the jurisdiction, as many as 5 are items which should be reported directly to law enforcement as they are not "issues of concern" but "violations of law", these include;

“Possible unlocked/loaded/unsafe storage”
“Possible insufficient training”
“Documented/frequent unlawful discharge”
“Possible illegal weapons on premises”
“Possible prohibited persons”

So using the app to tag these locations rather than properly report them will decrease local safety not increase it. Of course how the tagger is supposed to know of some of the "possibles" without actually knowing one way or the other is another question entirely. Either you have seen guns left around the house unlocked/loaded or you haven't, or you are tagging based on not having direct information in which case you are very likely opening yourself up to a libel suit.

about 9 months ago



What happens when they steal movies from me?

jcrb jcrb writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcrb writes "So after years of resisting any sort of e-book or other such online DRM encumbered practice I decide to join all the other people I see happily watching movies next to me on the plane. And in my second attempt the experience is even worse than I had though it could be.

I rented a movie from the Android market, pined it and downloaded it to my tablet, and then *poof* one day it was gone like it never was there. A movie I had watched that had the 24 hour period on it still showed up as having 20 days remaining, but the movie I didn't watch, was gone. AND it was gone from my market purchase history too, because the rights owner had pulled it from the market place without warning it was taken away from me with no notice.

And here is the kicker, while they deleted even the record of my purchase from my market place account, I had to ask for a refund to get my money back.

So how many peoples money have they kept who didn't notice this, or don't realize they have to ask for a refund, particularly given that it says they don't give refunds and you have to go a few levels deep before you come to the place where you can find a button for a refund.

The movie was The Adjustment Bureau, which looked interesting, but now that they have said they don't want my money I'm sure as heck not going to buy it when they put it back on the market place."

Life imitates art?

jcrb jcrb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jcrb writes "If this missile isn't ours, then someone is launching ICBMs *from* our waters, thinking of all the movies based around provoking war between the superpowers by similar scams, "You Only Live Twice", "Buckaroo Banzai", etc I hope this isn't a case of life imitating art"
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